Centuries before natural gas and petroleum gave prominence to Qatar as one of the world's fastest growing economies, the country was known for its prized Arabians horses.
When the Al Thani ancestors, the ruling family of the State of Qatar, migrated out of the inhospitable Arabian desert three centuries ago to settle in Qatar, the Arabian horse was a vital part of daily life.
The Arabian horse played an important role in the founding of Qatar. In 1893, Bedouin tribesmen and their courageous Arabian steeds, led by Sheikh Jassim bin Mohammed Al Thani, defeated the Ottomans in a battle that would eventually led to Qatar's independence.
Endurance is the “truly Arabic” equestrian discipline since men got on horses to get to places. From the beginning they choose the fastest and hardiest horse for their travels. In modern times this concept has developed into a discipline of equestrian sport that is part of the World Equestrian Games’ (WEG) programme since its start 1990. The first FEI World championship was held in 1986.
The Endurance Team heads to its biggest race of the year at the Open FEI European Championships September 10, in Florac, France.
The Endurance Team continues their summer campaign in Cazon, Argentina, at the Al Shaqab Challenge race June 17-18, 2011.
To subscribe to our newsletter, please enter your name and email.